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Children's LiteratureAfter his winter hibernation Bruno, a young marmot, is delighted to meet beautiful Dandelion. They play happily together through days and nights. One day Dandelion asks Bruno if he trusts her. "No matter what happens," he replies. Then Dandelion tells him to blow as hard as he can at her, promising everything will be "just fine." Bruno is shocked and sad when his friend's puffy seeds are all gone but has to trust her promise. In the fall he returns to the place they met, to hibernate again. And in the spring, her promise is kept, in this simply told, delightful tale of friendship and trust. "Oh, what a sight he saw!" of his beautiful friend again. Tharlet starts the visual story on the front endpapers with a delicate painting of a snowy field. The animal actors are introduced later in their awakening from their sleep. We follow Bruno's adventures from his discovery of the lovely yellow blossom, through his sadness, to the happy ending. Tharlet has added as incidental visual accents a delightful assortment of beetles, bugs, and bees. The final endpapers close the story with a summery version of the front winter scene, complete with ladybugs. 2006, minedition/Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz